The Portuguese icon and Manchester United star has issued fans with his first update since Solskjaer was dismissed from his post as United boss on Sunday morning
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s dismissal as Manchester United boss courtesy of a heartfelt tribute posted to his Instagram account.
The 36-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner was one of the few players who regularly delivered under the Norwegian this season and clearly holds his former boss in high regard.
Writing on social media, Ronaldo said: “He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man United.
“But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him.
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“Good luck my friend, you deserve it.”
The post was accompanied by two images representing the length of time the pair have shared together in the famous red of United, with one of the pair celebrating a goal as teammates – the other from this season with Solskjaer as manager.
Ronaldo has notched nine goals across all competitions this season since making his triumphant return to the club that helped establish himself on the world stage.
At times, Ronaldo’s brilliance seemed to come at the detriment of Solskjaer, with many claiming the ex-United boss had limited tactical nous and instead just relied on the genius of his talisman.
However, not even the four-time Champions League winning forward could turn the tide on Solskjaer’s long-term fortunes as United boss, given he was sacked just four months after being handed a three-year contract extension.
A recent run of spectacularly disastrous form ensured the writing was on the wall, Saturday afternoon’s humiliating 4-1 defeat away at newly-promoted Watford the fifth loss from the last seven league outings.
Having been tipped for the title by many in the summer, United instead find themselves languishing as low as eighth in the Premier League table behind the likes of Arsenal, Wolves and Tottenham.
A title tilt seems some way off, given the Red Devils are now six points off of West Ham in fourth, let alone table-toppers Chelsea, who boast a 12-point cushion over United after 12 games played.
As a serial winner throughout his career, Ronaldo’s demand for excellence means nothing less than silverware at the end of the season can be considered successful.
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However, Solskjaer’s United showed little signs of ending their four-year wait for a trophy, irrespective of Ronaldo’s form in front of goal.
The Norwegian’s dismissal means he leaves United without getting his hands on any kind of team honour, the last manager of the club to do so coming in the form of Jose Mourinho and the 2017 Europa League.
Both United and Ronaldo’s attentions now turn to progression in the Champions League, with a crucial group stage tie away at Unai Emery’s Villarreal coming up on Tuesday evening.
Michael Carrick will take charge for the trip to Spain before an interim boss is appointed to oversee proceedings until the end of the season.